CHICAGO, July 27, 2013 — The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Chubby Checker and Lollapalooza all make this week’s list. Summer has always been a great time for music.
Sunday, July 28 Parents’ Day
2013- World Health Organization’s Hepatitis Day. Hepatitis kills almost 1.4 million people each year.
1717- Believing that an efficient state could not afford illiterate people, Prussian king Frederik Willem I was the first to institute compulsory education. Unfortunately, compulsory education does not guarantee literacy. The kingdom of Prussia no longer exists; Rachel Jeantel does.
2061- Just for the record: Halley’s Comet returns in 48 years. It’s nice to have something to look forward to.
Monday, July 29 Lasagna Day (In July? Too heavy for hot days. Let’s do this in February.)
2013- NASA Advisory Council Human Exploration and Operations Committee meeting. Currently underway is a mission to capture an asteroid. Because we can.
1974- The “Philadelphia Eleven” were irregularly ordained as priests in the Episcopal Church. The “irregular” fact was that they were women, the first to be ordained as priests.
1928- “Steamboat Willie” introduced the world to Mickey Mouse. It was also the first cartoon with a fully post-produced, synchronized soundtrack.
Tuesday, July 30 Paperback Book Day
2013- Move over, Mario and Zelda. Cloudberry Kingdom — released on PlayStation today and XBLA, Steam and Wii U the following two days — is reinventing platform gaming.
1965- After a conference committee reconciled 513 differences between House and Senate bills, President Johnson signed the Medicare bill. At the signing ceremony, Johnson enrolled Medicare’s first member, former President Truman who had fought for national health insurance.
1898- Breakfast changed forever with W.K. Kellogg’s invention of Corn Flakes.
Wednesday, July 31 Mutts Day
2013- The Cognitive Science Society’s annual meeting, CogSci 2013, will focus on “Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics.” In other words, they are having a big get-together to discuss how people interact at big get-togethers.
1912- Controversy surrounding the film of Jack Johnson’s victory over James Jeffries in the heavyweight championship “Fight of the Century” prompted Congress to ban distribution of prizefight films across state lines. The censorship continued until 1940.
1620- The Pilgrims boarded their ship Speedwell and left Holland for America. The Speedwell proved unfit for the voyage, so they stopped in England and switched to the Mayflower.
Thursday, Aug 1 Yorkshire Day
2013- Motorola will unveil the Moto X, its new smartphone designed under the direction of Google.
1960- A red-letter day for music as Chubby Checker released “The Twist” on the same day as Aretha Franklin’s first recording session (Video below).
1790- The first census reported a total U.S. population of 3,939,214 or about the size of today’s Los Angeles.
Friday, Aug 2 Ice Cream Sandwich Day (Much more appropriate for July than Lasagna Day.)
2013- 270,000 people will cram into Chicago’s Grant Park for this weekend’s Lollapalooza Rock/heavy metal/punk/noise music festival.
1961- The Cavern Club in Liverpool hired a new house band. The Beatles didn’t stay a house band for long.
1865- Lewis Carroll decided we all needed to take a tumble down a rabbit hole and published “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Saturday, Aug 3 Watermelon Day (Go spit some seeds. You know you want to.)
2013- Tea parties are fine, but why not a Mother-Daughter Engineering Event? Purdue University hosts a free, fun, hands-on day for mothers and their 4th through 6th grade daughters, sponsored by the Purdue Women in Engineering Program and the local YWCA.
1977- When Radio Shack introduced the TRS-80, a modestly priced ($600, a bit over $2,000 in today’s dollars) personal computer, they hoped to sell 600 to 1,000 in the first year. They took 10,000 orders in the first month. That’s probably about the time IBM, Apple, HP, and Commodore started looking for ways to lower their prices as well.
1906- The Washington Nationals’ Tom Hughes was the first major league pitcher to pitch a shutout to a 0-0 tie, then giving his team the win by hitting the only home run of the entire game in the 10th inning.
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